Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive?
Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last.
Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated – but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception.
Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill – and all the men who helped them – will face lethal consequences.
A novel set in war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp, based on a true story of passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.
The Prisoner’s Wife is published in ebook and hardback on the 16th April 2020. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
This was a very interesting, absorbing book which is based on a true story. It manages to be both a harrowing read but also an intense love story at the same time.
I always start these type of books with a fair amount of trepidation as although I’m interested in the subject matter I know that the book will be hard to read in places, more so as you know it did happen to someone. This book was no exception and it did take me a little while to relax into the story, though that was my problem and nothing to do with the writing. The love story between Bill and Izabella soon made me forget my fears though and I loved watching it develop. It was nice to see some nice, normal moments amongst all the horror.
I don’t think I’ve read many books based in a prisoner of war camp as they tend to be focused on concentration camps more, so it was interesting to see how the conditions in them differed. As expected the conditions are still quite horrific and daily life for the prisoners was very hard. The author does a great job of explaining the conditions in the camp without making them too graphic which I thought made the book much easier to read. The wonderful togetherness of the prisoners was lovely to read about and helped provide some heartwarming moments. It was so nice to see how they all supported and look out for each other despite everything that was going on.
My only slight criticism of this book was that I would have loved to have found out what happened next, after the war. However this didn’t stop me enjoying the book and I’ll definitely be recommending it to others.
Huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy from Arrow publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Maggie Brookes is an ex-journalist and BBC TV documentary producer, turned poet and novelist. She’s also an associate professor at Middlesex University, and an advisory fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.
The Prisoner’s Wife is based on a true story told to her in a lift, by a World War II prisoner of war. Maggie visited Czechoslovakia, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, uncovering largely forgotten aspects of the war. Although the story can be harrowing at times, it’s also about the power of friendship and of love.